MIDWEST CITY – Rose State College has received approval from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to offer a four-year degree in cybersecurity.
Between the years 2015 and 2019, the Oklahoma Higher Education system averaged 840 graduates in cyber and cyber-adjacent fields. Over the next five years, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce has forecast that nearly 2,000 new cyber jobs will be created annually. Tinker Air Force Base expects an increase of nearly 10,000 jobs over the next half-decade. Additional increases in cybersecurity jobs are expected in finance, health care and other industries.
“Rose State has consistently been a pioneer in cybersecurity education through our highly acclaimed two-year degree in the field,” Dean of Business and Information Technology Charles DeSassure said. “With the introduction of the new four-year degree, Rose State is positioned to make an immediate positive impact on unmet local, regional, state and national workforce needs by producing quality Bachelor of Applied Technology graduates with certificates and credentials that align with top industry standards.”
Flexible class schedules will accommodate both traditional students and those currently employed. In a release, Rose State said cyber students also will benefit from quality instructors, small class sizes and unique internship opportunities.
“By offering a four-year degree in cybersecurity, we can provide students with expanded opportunities to excel in this critical field,” President Jeanie Webb said. “Our commitment to excellence, combined with our exceptional curriculum and supportive learning environment, ensures that our graduates are well-prepared to address the cybersecurity challenges of the future.”